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  • Item #: 018108
    ISBN: 9781628630060
    Retail: $18.95
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    Following the same great format as Trail Guide to World Geography (see description), this book focuses on U.S. Geography. This trail guide includes 5-minute daily drills, mapping, building a geography notebook--or using the optional student notebook--and a wide variety of additional projects. The literature unit in this book focuses on the Lewis and Clark expedition, using the book The Captain's Dog, by Roland Smith. Heavily used resources include the Uncle Josh's Outline Map Book or maps available on the Student Notebook CD. Other resources are also recommended to help enhance the study; these are listed below for your convenience. In this edition, all students use the Desk Atlas of the United States. A Geographical Terms Chart is recommended with these and all Trail Guide studies. We do not offer the chart that is recommended; however, it is available through Geography Matters. This Trail Guide was revised and updated in 2015 and includes a new QuickStart Section and new assignments throughout. Please note: students must use 2ed of Student Notebook with this edition. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 018126
    ISBN: 9780060936778
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.50
    This book is humorous, and you will probably find yourself laughing out loud at some of the cartoons used to explain the concepts and vocabulary of chemistry. By the same authors as Cartoon Guide to Physics, Larry Gonick and Craig Criddle try to explain some difficult topics and terminology using mnemonics such as silly cartoons, goofy phrases, and wacky conversations. This 250-page book would be a great reference for your visual learners who need something a little extra to go with their chemistry curriculum. It is important to remember that this book doesn't come from a Biblical worldview. Although it doesn't get into theologies, it does include a little bit of crudeness that might not be appreciated by all. This quirky take on chemistry will change your student's outlook on the subject. ~ Donna
  • Item #: 058936
    ISBN: 9781628737073
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.75

    Here is a guide to help boys everywhere enhance their time outdoors. This book is full of detailed explanations and instructions for various activities in the following categories: camping, hunting and fishing, hiking, water sports, winter activities, field science, survival, defensive fighting skills, classic baseball, and a few other things that boys should know (see images on our website for complete listings within these categories). Written in a style reminiscent of turn-of-the-century books, it is also full of black and white illustrations, conversion tables, supply lists, diagrams and charts. A great resource to help parents spend some time with their children! 196 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 042363
    ISBN: 9781583242605
    Retail: $12.95
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    I've never been strong in math but this handy reference book makes things simpler with concise descriptions of terms and clear tables, charts, and diagrams to help students understand. About half the book is an actual dictionary, with over 600 terms (from abacus to zero) that are defined and accompanied by a graphic, diagram, or example. Want to know what standard deviation means? Need to figure out what an isosceles trapezoid looks like? Forget which one's the y-intercept? Just consult this book and all your questions will be answered! The second half of the book includes even more useful information and references such as a multiplication table, conversion tables, clarification of formulas, explanations of symbols, and descriptions of a variety of math concepts. Keep this book in reach during your math studies as a great reference and aid! 130 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 040535
    ISBN: 9781877673672
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    This practical and unique guide/workbook really does what it says and gives "writing strategies that are as easy as 1-2-3." It uses the theme of three to help students remember good writing techniques. It starts by pointing out the power of three and how it is used in everything from childhood stories to famous speeches to learning strategies and shows how using sets of three in your writing will make it stronger. It also gives guidelines for different aspects of writing, all with just three rules to remember for each aspect of an essay or paper. A few of the topics covered are three steps for brainstorming, three "p's" of a thesis statement, three parts of an essay, three ways to connect paragraphs and sentences, three ways to support topic sentences, three ways to hook the reader in the introduction, three phases of completing a timed writing assignment, and much more. Instruction is conversational, with interesting quotes thrown in to keeps things interesting. Students can either work their way through the book, as it somewhat builds upon itself, or simply pick out particular sections based on their immediate need. The guidelines and examples are great, especially for students who have a tough time remembering good writing techniques and would benefit from a more formulaic writing method. This book doesn't just give guidelines and examples, though; after most informative segments are short but effective "Do It Now" sections that give students practice with the skill or method just taught. Exercises include fill-in-the-blanks, identifying more powerful writing from weaker, and of course writing specific sentences or paragraphs based on the guidelines. Overall, this is a great resource for providing easy-to-remember tools and tips to equip students for essay or composition writing, be it a long-term paper, a short essay, a timed writing exam, or anything in the middle. An "Extras" section in the back of the book gives specific tips for students who are taking a timed writing test for a state mandated test or the SAT. Additional planning sheets and examples are given for this purpose. Consumable, but reproducible. 106 pgs, pb, answer key included. - Rachel

  • Item #: 018010
    ISBN: 9780393059755
    Retail: $35.00
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    Parallel to SOTW, V2, this continuation of Susan Wise Bauer's adult level, readable world history is a "masterful narrative of the middle ages, when religion became a weapon for kings all over the world." Chronicling world history (not just European), the great conflicts of Europe are linked to power struggles in India and Asia and well-known figures stand side-by-side with others who were equally powerful but less well known to us. 745 pgs, hc. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 063932
    ISBN: 9781937032555
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       Learn logic in a day!  That is, a day in the life of Fred.  Here is a complete coverage of logic in a mere 176 pages.  No ancillaries required.  That’s right.  No separate teacher book, no test pack, no workbook needed.  It’s all right here – the whole “Kittens” caboodle.  Fred, now six (and still a professor at Kittens U), is preparing to give a logic lecture.  Ironically, and somewhat conveniently, Duck (first introduced in Life of Fred: Apples) pays Fred a visit and provides ample fodder for some of the first topics covered in the book.  Duck, who always speaks in sentences that are false, helps to illustrate both logic sentence structure and the concept of every sentence being True or False.  As always, Dr. Schmidt manages to both entertain and train.  Along with the levity and random bits of eclectic knowledge provided in chapter 1, Dr. Schmidt gets right down to introducing us to both pure and applied logic and the language of logic (the use of symbols, modeling, and structures) – all in the first few pages of the book.   From there, the course progresses through the topics of truth tables, connectives, the language of logic, inductive vs. deductive reasoning, logic fallacies (covered all in ONE conversation), and predicate logic.  These first six chapters provide a complete high school logic course.  Once logic as a second language is mastered, working through the remaining ten chapters is the equivalent of completing a college-level logic course.   This part of the course is more heavily theoretical.  It uses the structures and models learned in the first part of the course, progressing to proofs, introducing more complex structures and lemmas, and giving much thought to Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem.   No prerequisites are required to begin this course, though I think it would help if your student had completed Algebra and Geometry before tackling it.  While the math skills themselves are not needed, the ability to reason well and think logically (and somewhat mathematically) is.  There are no exercises to complete, though there are 99 “puzzles” to solve.  In addition to a very alert and thoughtful mind, familiarity with and understanding of symbolic language, proofs, combinations, set theory, and other topics typically covered in higher-level math would aid solutions.  As far as teaching time, there is none.  The course is totally self-instructional.  Instruction is directed to the student/reader and all answers are included in the back of the book.  Dr. Schmidt goes to great lengths as the book’s narrator to make sure the student does not take the easy road and check the answers before first exercising his/her brain.  He also already anticipates questions and objections the student might have, with many “reader” interjections, shown in distinctive font, at these points.   One quibble I have with the book (and a caution to parents) is Dr. Schmidt’s unnecessary incorporation of drugs (cocaine) and drinking used in one of the early examples in the book.   I can guess the reason for this, but I wish he had considered another option….  This course will appeal most to those who enjoy math, enjoy Fred, and enjoy a good story along with their study.

  • Item #: 042250
    ISBN: 9780756629021
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    Mandarin Chinese is an intimidating language to learn, and materials that allow young beginners to simply "try it out" are few and far between. If you or one of your children is considering a serious study of Mandarin, but aren't sure you want to invest in a Rosetta Stone program yet, this little book and CD will provide you with a terrific introduction to Chinese characters, pinyin spellings of Chinese words (Chinese words written in our alphabet, like "māo"), and pronunciation of some basic Chinese words and phrases. For every word or phrase taught, you will find both the Chinese character(s) and the pinyin version. An audio CD is packaged inside the front cover, and every time you see a headphones symbol and a track number, you know you can turn to the CD to hear what you are reading. The first section of the book serves as a comprehensive introduction which includes general information about Mandarin Chinese, an explanation of pinyin, tables of initial and final Chinese sounds equated with similar sounds in English, the four "tones" of Mandarin, an explanation of Chinese characters, details on the strokes that make up the characters, memory tips to remember characters, and some very basic grammar pointers. The next eight chapters focus on teaching basic vocabulary, including greetings, Chinese names, words for family members, simple travel phrases, parts of the body, numbers 1-100, days of the week, names of months, years, seasons and weather words, transportation words and phrases, food-related vocabulary and phrases, tourism, and even some basic slang like "ok" and "bye-bye." Conversation Practice pages are scattered throughout the book, and offer the reader an opportunity to use the vocabulary they have learned in simple sentences which are also always located on the audio CD. The layout is very exciting, with plenty of full-color photos, graphics and colorful charts, and details on the history and culture of China keep the language study relevant and fascinating. There's really nothing to not like about this book. If you are a complete beginner and unsure if you can tackle learning Chinese, this is a great place to start. You will be amazed at the amount of content that has been squeezed into only 128 pages! - Jess

  • Item #: 041451
    ISBN: 9781589976764
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.75

    As homeschoolers, it's easy to take our family mealtimes for granted. Maybe we'd use the time more purposefully if we realized what great opportunities that affords? Fathers: it's your responsibility to impart wisdom and a deeper love for God to your family! If you need a bit of help to get started, why not try this devotional book based on the popular radio drama Adventures in Odyssey?

    90 devotional sections will help spark spiritual discussion around your table as you explore the truths of God' Word together. Start off with a prayer and some questions to inspire conversation. Read a section of God's word and talk about it – let the Spirit take you deep! Finish with a final piece of Scripture to meditate and chew on as you leave the dinner table and live life. Some of the topics covered include how Jesus is the Light of the World, showing that we need to crave God's Word, and standing against popular opinions about truth. 15 devotions are included for different holidays, and 11 more involve themed meals or activities. 97 pgs, pb. –Chad

  • Item #: 026639
    ISBN: 9780060652951
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    In this novel, we follow the writer as he takes a very unusual journey - one that takes him through heaven and hell. He crosses paths and converses with a number of different supernatural beings which lead him to realizations that there are ultimate consequences to everyday behavior. This novel, another of C. S. Lewis's allegorical accomplishments, should inspire some profound meditation upon good and evil.

  • Item #: 020861
    ISBN: 9780970040541
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    This self-instructional drawing book can teach anyone to draw! Going step-by-step and covering all the basics of drawing such as perspective, proportion, line, ellipses, and more, this is a complete and encouraging program. The lessons are easy-to-read, have a conversational tone and there is room directly on the lesson page to experiment with the directions given. Since the book is consumable, you can draw your assignment right in the space provided or photocopy the pages so the book will last longer. You'll draw portraits, still life, and nature, improving all the time. Children in the middle grades could also use How Great Thou Art if they feel ready for a more serious drawing book. Revised, the book includes over 85 lessons on 118 pages and an additional 25 blank pages for sketching. Bible verses and inspirational quotes are included throughout the book. Five pen and ink cards are included with the book. Recommended supplies include 3 drawing pencils (HB,2B,4B), a pencil sharpener, an extra fine black marker pen, 1 kneaded eraser,a calligraphy marker pen (medium sized), and a 12" ruler.

  • Item #: 064770
    ISBN: 9780984601103
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      A framework for understanding western literature and culture. In explaining why we should read the “classic” literature of our culture, it’s many times been said that that literature represents an ongoing conversation – The Great Conversation. By reading, understanding, and then writing we enter that conversation of the ages. The author of this book, Robin Finley (author of Analytical Grammar), taught language arts to 8th graders for over 30 years and contends that the conversation is actually more of an argument with two main contenders – those who believe that God is in charge and those who believe that man is in charge. She traces western civilization/culture through history, illustrating how literature and historical events are intertwined. To understand literature, one needs to be acquainted with the historical framework and understand the underlying argument. A fascinating and helpful book. Discussion questions are provided at the end of each chapter. Read aloud as a family. Provide lots of time for discussion. 286 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 063679
    ISBN: 9780849964794
    Retail: $12.99
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    Teaching our children how to handle money is often “caught and not taught,” yet, how many of us learned our own personal money skills in the school of “hard knocks?”

    As parents, we want to set a good example of money management, but what if our ideas of money management are just not clicking with our child (or spouse!). Have you ever considered that you may have different money personalities? In the grand scheme of things, money is simply a tool, a means to an end, and that end is quality relationships with our spouse, children and the world around us. Delving into the heart of money relationships—the deep seated assumptions and beliefs that each of us bring to the money decisions we make—the authors expand on the five types of money personalities: saver, spender, risk taker, security seeker, and flyer, to help us identify our unique money personalities. Then the book moves on to assess the money personalities of our children through a designated assessment link and code. With this foundational understanding, the authors provide practical advice and encouragement for teaching our children basic money skills. The following sections are divided into 3 age groupings: 5-12 years, 13-17 years and 18 and beyond, with insights and ideas specific to the five money personalities. Also included are parental “button pushers” to be aware of in order to prevent us from over reacting and derailing these important conversations. A great tool to understand how different children approach and deal with money that would be a great go-along for parents whose children are working through the Dave Ramsey Foundations in Personal Finance course or the Money Matters for Kids/Teens series. 257 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 061215
    Retail: $12.99
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    Since the beginning of the 20th century, discoveries about the universe have spurred a plethora of questions about man’s existence, the universe’s formation, and even God himself. Enter the “conversation” as scientists discuss these “big issues” of the Universe in this in-depth documentary. Much emphasis is placed on world views: their influence on the formation and reaction to scientific theories. Beginning with the history of astronomy and the development of modern day science, the discussion examines the uniqueness and mystery of our solar system and universe. Theories are well-explained with video, narration, interview segments and animation. The documentary includes two length options: 55 and 35 minutes. The material is also accessible by chapters: Take off Into Space; Cosmology and Worldview; How the Universe is Explored; How the Universe Began; Finetuning of the Universe; Earth, A Special Planet; Are We Alone in the Universe?; and Searching for an Explanation.

    As a bonus, 40 minutes of interviews focusing on the potential and limitations of natural sciences are included. These interviews would be great to show at the introduction of high school science classes since the scientists themselves discuss their interpretation of scientific goals (what it is and isn’t and when it is applicable to life and when it isn’t) and how the scientific process affects other areas of life. Well done. From Vision Video. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 060629
    ISBN: 9780500238806
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Highlighting the masterpieces of 20 great painters from the 15th to 20th century, you will dig deeper into the works of both householdname artists as well as more unfamiliar artists – the mix includes van Eyck, Botticelli, Millais,
    Morisot, Chardin, Uccello, and Gaugin, among others. Study a masterpiece from each artist, examining how its unique elements were created. Hone in on certain aspects and compare this work to others by the same artist. The text takes a unique approach in describing the art: it is written as though we are standing there as the artist works. The author’s style is explained in a conversational, story-like form. While I found this style appealing and easily digestible, be aware that the author does take a certain level of liberty, such as fictionalizing some of
    the artist’s thoughts and feelings. This book also analyzes the original intended audience, how the painters bucked established artistic trends, and how audiences have responded through the years. This is a beautiful book with 134 illustrations (126 in color), including a full reproduction of each highlighted masterpiece. With each painting, the “Why Don’t You?” inset suggests an activity, such as journaling, a visit to an art museum, or drawing horizon and perspective. Note: a handful of paintings and sculptures with nude subjects are selected. For each artist, you will also find a portrait and web links to view
    additional artwork; a chronology is in the back. Includes a glossary and a list of art museums to visit. 10” x 11 ¾”, 96 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 059421
    ISBN: 9781628369601
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95
    Looking for readings that convey Biblical truths in understandable, relatable ways for young children? The 180+ readings cover the major events from Genesis to Revelation and also Biblical themes such as obedience, thankfulness, and trust. Each reading is a two-page spread. On the left, the key point is illustrated with a full-color drawing and a key Scripture (alternating from one of 8 different versions, including KJV, NIV, NLT and The Message). On the right, the Biblical theme is explained in a conversational tone, sometimes with discussion-creating questions, and then concludes with a brief prayer to apply the main Biblical principles. This book would make a great devotional read-aloud with younger children or an on-your-own read for children at a 2nd to 3rd grade reading level. 7.5" x 5.75", 384 pp, sc. ~ Ruth
  • Item #: 057662
    ISBN: 9780984527298
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.50

    Enjoy some family conversations with these faith-based prompts. Sample questions include "How can you tell if someone is a disciple of Jesus?" or "What are some ways you can be prepared to be an effective witness for Christ?" Each card has the definition of a highlighted keyword from each question, a relevant verse, further discussion questions, and more. These would be a great way to start each day. Ask your children the question in the morning, allow them to think about it through the day, then discuss it at dinner with the whole family. Use the verses as penmanship practice, or use the key words to help build your child's vocabulary. 150 cards come in a carrying box, making it great to take on road trips as well! – Laura

  • Item #: 053929
    ISBN: 9780310492177
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

    When the topic of origins arises, it seems to be fraught with controversy. It isn't enough that people don't agree on either creation or evolution-- the creationists can't agree on creation. The old (ancient) earth and young earth debate has been ongoing since Aristotle, and prompts interesting and sometimes heated discussion.

    Some of the debate arises from the interpretation of the word "day" – 24-hour view, day-age view, and framework view. The author, John Lennox, explains each of the 3 views and tells how these views can be applied to the book of Genesis. Mr. Lennox believes that one possible interpretation of scripture supports 'old earth' and doesn't compromise the authority of Scripture. He also discusses the origin of man and determines that God made man as a special creation, and presents several different interpretations of man's origin. In connection with these topics the author poses several other questions – Did animals have intrinsic immortality or not? If they did, what did God do to remove that immortality and how is that different from what happened to man? What is the difference between the inside and outside of life in the garden? This book is more than one man's opinion; he discusses and disputes many theories of origin of man, age of man, sin and death, etc.

    All creationists agree that God created, but the disagreement continues over "how." The content of this book has prompted some great conversation and sharing of ideas here in the office, and I'm sure will do the same for you and your family. Even if you don't adhere to all the theories put forth in this book, it is definitely interesting and helpful in understanding alternative theories of creation. It is always good to know what others might think in order to better defend what you believe. 192 pgs., hc. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 052736
    ISBN: 9780060780944
    Retail: $24.99
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    Everyone has his or her own style of storytelling and his or her own style of art. Combine the two and you have comics. Even graphic novels or foreign manga books are really just different types of comics. To improve your abilities, take some advice from the always entertaining Scott McCloud, the creator of Zots, a 1980's nationally syndicated comic strip. This book immediately grabs your attention with an incredibly fascinating style. Appropriately, Scott has written the book in comic book format. He breaks down what comics are by discussing pictures and stories, then honing in on the more advanced aspects of comic-making. One great example of the depth of this book is his explanation of facial features; he discusses "simple" facial features (features like water droplets around the face, simulating anxiety) to "real" facial features (someone with a wrinkled forehead, wide eyes, and an open mouth, showing anxiety). With this basic understanding, he goes on to show how you can combine both tactics into one facial expression. By discussing drawing, storytelling, and even technical tips "inside" the book (he draws himself in as a character), and using a conversational, humorous approach, you feel like the author is talking directly to you. Through funny illustrations fitting with the topic at hand, you'll begin to understand what it truly means to be a comic writer. At the end, you'll begin to feel like you actually know just about everything to do with comics- and maybe even start writing one yourself. 264 pgs, sc. ~ Stephen

  • Item #: 051756
    ISBN: 9781926818924
    Retail: $15.95
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    Courage, conflict, hope and catastrophe, adventures, missteps and new beginnings – these are the makings of America's history. Young readers can experience them all as they spend "one day" with a fictional character (based on real history) from 1750 to 1899. Accurate historical information is presented between stories using photographs, illustrations and textual information of real places like Valley Forge and Bull Run, and real people like Helen Keller and Jane Adams. Historical fiction can be used to engage a student who may not love to study history, especially if they can relate their own lives to those of the kids in these stories. Think of the conversations you could get out of your kids as they read about these different periods in U.S. history. These are also great short stories to use as models for them to write their own historical fiction pieces. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 048013
    ISBN: 9780964729230
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    I am not a huge fan of fiction writing, but I read this book about a year ago and truly enjoyed it. I took it with me on a trip for Rainbow Resource and found myself reading every chance I could. I had never read a book quite like this one.

    "The Shack" is about one man's struggle with understanding his life and the role of God. As he wrestled with the questions, I found myself looking with a new perspective at some of the attributes of God. The main character, Mack, has suffered tragedy in the loss of his youngest daughter and can't seem to get out of the funk. One day he receives a strange message inviting him to 'the shack' – the place his daughter was killed. The note was signed 'Papa,' his wife's pet name for God. Mack decides to go to 'the shack' just to see what kind of person would toy with another's emotions in such a way, only to meet and spend the weekend with the Holy Trinity.

    It took me a bit to wrap my head around the characters as described in the book, because I had just never thought about them in the way described. How do I picture God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit? If I could give them character qualities, what would they be, and what would they be like? These questions have sparked some great conversation and further Bible study. It is important to remember that this book is fiction, and the author's goal wasn't to be 'theologically correct.' The author of this book, Wm. Paul Young, has had seminary training, but at this time in his life has no affiliation with organized religion. He wrote this book for his children to help explain some of the characteristics and mysteries of God.

    'The Shack' describes the Trinity in human terms that might make God more reachable to some; and even if you don't agree with the theology of the book, it will cause you to think about what you do believe, and maybe think about God in a different way. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 043966
    ISBN: 9781857928761
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $2.50
    This book brings concise and biblically-based tips to parents. The short, easy to read chapters make you feel like youââ‚â„¢re simply having a conversation with the author, Ann Benton, as she explains the best ways to apply biblical concepts to your parenting. When discussing parenting techniques that counter our societyââ‚â„¢s current views, Benton gives biblical and real-life examples that show the wisdom of her suggestions. With six short chapters that urge parents to accept, beware, communicate, discipline, evaluate, and fear the Lord, the book provides great tips on raising children and how to keep your deep love for them from becoming a hindrance to good parenting. A few review questions/actions to take are listed after each chapter to help parents meditate on and apply the information. 126 pgs, pb. ~Rachel
  • Item #: 032291
    ISBN: 9781783120468
    Retail: $19.95
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    Inspired by the authors grandfather who was convinced he lived on a Viking burial ground (and turned out to be right!), this awesome book is filled with tons of pictures, illustrations, computer-generated images, and lots of great, informative text, notes, quotes and captions. The timeline will give you a brief overview of all the lands the Vikings visited (including Ireland, Scotland and even North America!), then youll read about their history, ships, culture, famous Vikings like Leif Eriksson, battle and raids, armor and weapons, royalty and leadership, family life, feats, crafts and handiwork and more. There is a sizeable section about the belief systems of the Vikings including their gods and legends, as well as their conversion to Christianity. Even as a Christian family, reading this together allows for great discussion as well as educating your children on the origins of fictional characters we currently enjoy like Thor and Loki. I highly enjoyed reading through the book and Im sure your family will as well, either as a history supplement or for casual reading. 77 hardcover pages. Laura

  • Item #: 029493
    ISBN: 9780930462154
    Retail: $9.50
    Rainbow Price: $4.41

    I remember having a conversation with my dad about the amount of money in the world and national debt when I was young. I couldn't stop asking questions like, "Why don't they just print more money?" and "Can't the government just print enough money to pay off the national debt or debt to other countries?" thinking that this money wouldn't have to go into American circulation and thus raise prices. My dad would try to explain to me that if there was more money in the world, then it was worth less and about inflation and such, but in my mind, the solution seemed easier than that. It's not. Our nation is racking up a huge amount of debt. Taxes are raised, inflation occurs, and politicians talk, but this amount is not shrinking and a solution seems impossible to most economists. In this book, Dr. Gary North provides answers to the monetary crisis facing America. These answers are found where most economists would never think to look: the Bible. In these chapters, Dr. North presents the biblical "blueprint" for finances and then describes the reconstruction process America should follow in order to save our nation from economic disaster. A great read for anyone curious about the condition of and answers to our national debt or the politicians who are searching for a solution. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 024361
    ISBN: 9780877883579
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    When I'm reading, I often come to the end of a page and realize I have no idea what I just read. I was reading the words but was not processing anything. This book by James W. Sire teaches how to read in a way that will not only ensure understanding of the material, but will allow readers to perceive the worldview and reasoning behind the writing. The book is written by a Christian, and though specific guidelines for Bible-reading are not set down, the author states that learning to read other books well will naturally lead to a better understanding of the Bible. There's a conversational tone to the book, with anecdotes and examples of reading interspersed. As the author points out that worldviews and meanings are hidden in everything from advertisements to poetry to non-fiction books, he clearly explains how you can read and analyze to uncover these hidden aspects. Different genres of writing are split into different chapters and then the book shows how to analyze each type of writing to discover the worldview of the writer and the underlying message. There are chapters covering nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, and one that discusses how biographical, literary, historical, and intellectual writing affect the meaning of passages. Each chapter includes excerpts of actual passages in the specific genre so students can practice the reading techniques while they learn about them. A chapter of the book is also dedicated to giving tips on what and where to read. A reading list is provided that categorizes books and other works into different genres and worldviews. Reading these books will show students how the worldviews of the authors are depicted in the writing. This is a great book for showing students how to slow down and really absorb the information they are reading as well as analyze writing and identify themes or worldviews hidden within. 192 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 021554
    ISBN: 9780764142604
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    This workbook, formerly titled English the Easy Way is full of examples and review exercises to teach or refresh memory in different areas of English. Although the book was written specifically for adult students who want an all-inclusive self-help program in English, the easy-to-read text and step-by-step explanations and examples make it accessible to much younger students. The book builds upon itself, starting with complete sentences and moving on to different tenses, parts of speech, descriptive words and phrases, linking verbs, word agreement, pronouns, balanced sentences, punctuation, the different formats of different styles of writing, word usage, and much more. A chapter on spelling is included with a large list of commonly misspelled words, as is a chapter on vocabulary with tips on how using more exciting or precise words leads to better writing. Instruction is given in a conversational tone, with plenty of examples of correct English. While describing and giving examples of English concepts in an easy to understand way, the book provides review exercises to practice those skills and actually use the rules being taught. Several small (5-10 questions) practice sections are included in each chapter where students complete sentences, fill in blanks, identify different elements of writings, and more to get a hands-on review of the information given. After reviewing several topics, the book provides a cumulative review, with a total of four cumulative reviews and one final review in the book. These tests include multiple-choice questions and exercises where students must identify English aspects in writings or pick the correct way to finish a sentence. After each cumulative review is a skills assessment page that shows students which skills they did well in and which ones need more attention. The easy to follow explanations and examples of terms throughout the book will make it easy for students to understand various elements of English. All of the answers to the practice sections and tests are included. This is a great source for independent learning about English, although it is clearly a review or supplement and not a complete curriculum. The book is perfect for an overall review of English concepts and is especially useful to ensure coverage and knowledge of important English topics before standardized or college testing. 292 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 013891
    ISBN: 9780764128226
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    This is a very extensive writing lesson book providing detailed, thorough instruction in many areas of writing that students need to master for success in college. It's probably not geared toward students who hate writing, because although it's easy to read, it provides no extra "fluff" to get students interested – it just gets right to the point. It focuses primarily on ways to master writing skills for compositions, term papers, essays, SAT essays, theses, and dissertations. Unlike a lot of writing books, this one doesn't define writing terms, focus on grammar, or review areas of writing before suggesting how to improve your skills. It assumes the student has basic writing skills and does not need to be told what brainstorming or essays are, or what's expected in a research paper. It really just goes through different areas of writing and shows students some faster, better ways of writing a variety of different assignments and getting good grades on them. The book is broken up into five sections. The first covers compositions and gives tips and guidelines for pre-writing; argumentative, descriptive, and explanatory writing; editing; style; and more. The second covers writing about complex subjects and instructs students how to write in the fields of business, science, technology, statistics, and public finance. Not just writing techniques are included here, it also touches on key information you need to know about these areas in order to write about them effectively. The third deals with the term paper and highlights the Internet's best research sources; discusses format and organization; covers preparing tables, graphs, and other illustrations; and more. The final section focuses primarily on college admission essays and how to write the perfect kind of essay that colleges are looking for. While the text instructs, it has a nice, conversational flow to it and uses examples of both good and bad writing. No real exercises are given; the book simply prompts students to apply the tips to papers they are assigned in other classes. This is a perfect book for a competent writer who wants to become more advanced and prepared for college, and it is a great reference tool on organizing and presenting material. Note: This is the 4th edition of the book formerly titled How to Write Themes and Term Papers. 318 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 008770
    ISBN: 9781888344158
    Retail: $20.00
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    Oh, that the instruction contained in this book was just "common sense!" Dave Marks, very politely, and often humorously, takes students through a number of tasks and challenges with the goal of revealing to (and gently instructing) them on better ways to communicate. He addresses everything from eye contact to "How to Reduce Aggression." The chapter on "How to Disagree" is my particular favorite. Even if your children have plenty of social contact and you feel they don't need this book, the small investment in time and money will be well worth the social advice here. If they incorporate even a portion of what they learn here into their personal encounters, the rewards will be tremendous. Urging the development of pleasant and productive relationships, the book has informative chapters on eye contact, verbal reinforcement, physical reinforcement, meeting people, understanding other people's point of view, not being boring, and more. Specific exercises students can practice to strengthen these skills are given, and the books bring to the surface common mistakes people make when dealing with others. The tips for better communication, making good first impressions, and having pleasant, purposeful conversations are great for all ages. 66 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 006800
    ISBN: 9780486270579
    Retail: $4.00
    Rainbow Price: $3.50

    Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) is a Russian writer whose stories influenced later authors such as Dostoyevsky. This collection includes the The Overcoat, Old Fashioned Farmers, The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich, and The Nose. Because this was an author with whom I was unfamiliar, I read the story with the 2 Ivans. It was funny, ridiculous, sad, and unfortunate, with a clear lesson to be learned. I have read other Russian authors and they seem to have a similar style: extremely detailed settings, argumentative conversations, and passionate relationships between both friends and enemies. Some are humorous, others are serious, and all of them are richly written. This small book would be a great option if you are looking to add some world literature to your high school language arts curriculum. 103 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 001465
    ISBN: 9781433506017
    Retail: $17.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    When your father is a theologian, bedtime stories might become teaching sessions. Such was the case for Bethany and Rachel Ware who absorbed all the great truths of Christianity from their father, Bruce Ware, before bedtime prayers. Realizing how richly they were blessed by this experience, they encouraged their father to share his young-heart-size teachings with others and this book was born. Topics covered in his father's warm conversational tone include God's Own Life as God, God as Three in One, Creator and Ruler of All, Our Human Nature and Sin, Who Jesus Is and What He Has Done, The Holy Spirit, and Salvation. Each segment is followed by questions for thought and a Bible memory verse. Any parent could read through this with their child discussing the questions and discover that they both have been enlightened and their hearts drawn closer to God. ~ Janice